Today we brought home Taco, a four year-old orange cat. We had decided to adopt a pet and spent over two hours getting acquainted with several kittens of different ages. As soon as Taco was placed in my son’s arms, we knew he was the one. Transporting him home was easy because we had brought a crate along that was just his size.
This got me thinking about how often pet owners don’t have the right equipment or containers for transporting their pets. In an evacuation, emotions are already high, and the last thing any family needs is for a beloved cat or dog to bolt right into harm’s way. Often, reptiles and small mammals are already housed in pens and containers, but often those aren’t designed to be portable, and balancing a fish tank in the back seat of a car isn’t very practical.
Before there is an emergency that requires a quick get-away, make plans now for how you will safely transport each pet. Prepare a crate ahead of time with a towel or blanket inside, small water & food dishes, and an extra collar and leash. While you’re at it, take photos of your pets and make copies of records that prove ownership as well as health records. Just in case you must place your pet in a shelter temporarily, these documents will prove invaluable.
Plan ahead now for how you will transport your pets and avoid chaos and heartbreak later.